Browsing Year 2013

2012

By at March 29, 2013 | 1:49 pm | 0 Comment

Last year I read the book 2012 by Daniel Pinchbeck. It was a fascinating read about the prediction made by the Mayans that on 21 December 2012 a cataclysmic event will occur on earth, leading to the end of the world as we know. If you are hoping that this is the movie about that book, think again. The movie only makes a passing reference to the Mayans. I really enjoyed

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I’ve Loved You So Long

By at March 29, 2013 | 1:47 pm | 0 Comment

We had no idea what to expect and though this is a subtitled movie (which I actually enjoy), we found we were gripped from the very beginning. So many questions: where had the Kristin Scott Thomas character been, why did she know so little about life, why was her brother in law so wary of her? As the film progressed the answers were given but none of them expected. It was

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New In Town

By at March 29, 2013 | 1:46 pm | 0 Comment

Well against all odds I liked this movie. Ok major chick flick but as ever Renee Zellweger was very funny! It’s a daft fantasy of a story line but if you are feeling a bit blue on a Saturday night, home alone, crack open a bottle of wine and pop this on. It’s fun. Renee plays a high powered executive from Miami who is sent to downsize a factory in Minnesota. Needless

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The Reader

By at March 29, 2013 | 1:44 pm | 0 Comment

Mind blowing film based around two main characters –Hanna and Michael Berg. The story starts with Hanna, the older lady embarking on a passionate love affair with the school boy, Michael in 1958 West Germany. Lust, sex and reading were the basis for their relationship. With Hanna’s sudden disappearance Michael continues through school and college as a law student.

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The Hoax

By at March 29, 2013 | 1:42 pm | 0 Comment

Based on a true story from the 1970's - in this film Richard Gere played a struggling writer desperate to get his book published. After being turned down for the umpteen time he sees an article on the elusive Howard Hughes and comes up with the delusional notion of being Howard Hughes' fictional autobiographer. The chain of events that follow create the basis for this

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Irresistible

By at March 29, 2013 | 1:41 pm | 0 Comment

The gorgeous Susan Sarandon as always gives a wonderful performance in this film. A dark and disturbing tale that has you on the edge of your seat right from the start. Other good performances from Sam Neil and Emily Blunt. There are lots of twists and turns and it keeps you guessing right up until the end. A really good Friday night movie unless of course you live on

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The Adventures of TinTin The Secret Of The Unicorn

By at March 29, 2013 | 1:38 pm | 0 Comment

As a longstanding TinTin fan, I have all the comics and dvds, I wasn’t sure what to expect with the new feature film. Well I wasn’t disappointed. Although the story doesn’t totally match up with the original comic, The Secret of the Unicorn, I really enjoyed it and think they did a great job of turning a shorter story into a feature film. There were a few

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Trucker

By at March 29, 2013 | 1:36 pm | 0 Comment

The film gets started with quite a graphic sex scene in which you meet Diane Ford played by Michelle Monaghan, who you learn is a very independent lady and a truck driver to boot. Her life is endless long hauls and lots of regrettable one night stands along the way that is until she is reunited with her estranged 11 year old son, whose father played by Benjamin Bratt is

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Victim – Basil Deardon

By at March 29, 2013 | 1:31 pm | 0 Comment

It is easy now to forget that in 1961 when this film was made, it was still a crime to be a gay man! We must also take into account that the lead actor in this film was 'The Idol of the Odeon's' who took a major career risk in taking on this role. Dirk Bogarde who was never open in his lifetime about his sexuality, did write a lot about this film in his memories, he also

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Run Lola Run – Tom Tyker

By at March 29, 2013 | 1:29 pm | 0 Comment

After watching the lesbian version of this film, we thought it only right that we check out the original, and what a bizarre wonderful film this was!  Very fast paced, quirky humorous. It all starts with a phone call Lola played by Franka Potente receives from her boyfriend Manni, he has inadvertently left a paper bag full of money he was taking to his boss on a train

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The Seventh Seal – Ingmar Bergman

By at March 29, 2013 | 1:28 pm | 0 Comment

Set during the time of the Black Death in Europe (mid 14th century), this film begins with a haunting scene of a knight awaking on a beach, to be challenged to a game of chess by the pale, hooded figure of Death: it puts me in mind of that wonderful scene in ‘Jason and Argonauts” where Zeus and Hera are moving the pieces about, which in turn affects the lives of those

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Theorem – Pier Paolo Pasolini

By at March 29, 2013 | 1:26 pm | 0 Comment

With just a three worded telegram a mystery character enters the lives of a well to do Italian family and they are never to be the same again... It's a very strange film, for some reason even the Italian actors are over dubbed. There are lots of arty shots but there doesn't seem to be too much of a story and the dialogue is very limited. It's a very dated film, this

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A Matter Of Life And Death

By at March 29, 2013 | 1:20 pm | 0 Comment

Rewind to the summer of 1988, I had just finished my last exam at school. I had the whole summer to worry about where my future lay. I stayed up one night flicking through the channels and stumbled upon what is still 20 years later the most magical film I have ever seen. As I sat there in the darkness I was taken away to a far distant world. ‘A Matter Of Life And

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84 Charing Cross Road

By at March 29, 2013 | 1:16 pm | 0 Comment

This is your classic Sunday afternoon feel good movie. It is based around the real life friendship built up over many years between Helene Hanff in New York and Frank Doel living in London. Helene is a writer with a passion for reading classics. She struggles to find any book store in New York which can feed her love of English Literature. She then stumbles upon 84

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The Laramie Project

By at March 29, 2013 | 1:12 pm | 0 Comment

This film is based on the true story of the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard. Matthew was a gay 21 year old studying and living in Laramie, Wyoming. He was tied up to a fence, brutally beaten and left for dead by two young lads, McKinney and Henderson. The film is centred on the interviews of some 200 local people, interviewed by a group of young writers and actors from

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Coco Before Chanel

By at March 29, 2013 | 1:10 pm | 0 Comment

Telling the story from her very humble beginnings to the heights of society. This is the fascinating story of Gabrielle Chanel before she became the legendary couturier and symbol of success, freedom and style. Coco was orphaned at a young age and was raised in a convent school. Whilst she was there she learned to embroider and sew. She soon became bored and dissatisfied

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Mary Ann in Autumn – Armistead Maupin

By at March 29, 2013 | 1:07 pm | 0 Comment

I think for all of us who have lost our hearts in San Francisco through the pages of the Tales of the City books it is as though we are back in the arms of great friends when a new book comes out. With such a long gap between Sure of You and ‘Michael Tolliver Lives’ we were in for a real treat when just this Thursday ‘Mary Ann in Autumn’ was released. I wanted

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Michael Tolliver Lives – Armistead Maupin

By at March 29, 2013 | 1:04 pm | 0 Comment

Michael Tolliver, arguably the most beloved gay character in fiction. This is the final chapter, written 18 years after the original six books, Armistead reunites us with the character of Michael and how his life has panned out over the years. Some of the main characters from the previous books make an appearance – Mrs Madrigal, Mary Ann, Brian and Shawna. An easy and

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Sure Of You – Armistead Maupin

By at March 29, 2013 | 1:02 pm | 0 Comment

This is the final book in the series of Tales of the City. Mary Ann’s dilemma, should she stay in San Francisco with her family or move to New York and national stardom? The main characters have matured and grown up; things are likely to change for one and all of them. As with all the other books it still keeps coming. To read the series by Armistead Maupin will leave

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Significant Others – Armistead Maupin

By at March 29, 2013 | 1:00 pm | 0 Comment

This next book in the series moves us on to 1985. Mary Ann is struggling with balancing her marriage with her career. Michael has been tested as HIV positive and is taking medicine to help combat the threat to his immune system. In northern San Francisco, De De and D’orothea are attending a lesbian music and arts festival, with events threatening to break up their

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Babycakes – Armistead Maupin

By at March 29, 2013 | 12:58 pm | 0 Comment

‘Baby Cakes’ – wonderfully written as always by Armistead – sensitive, moving, heart warming and witty. The book starts with Jon Fielding’s death from AIDS and the end of the free love era of the 1960’s and ‘70’s. Mona returns to the clan, a British monarch is introduced, along with a mail-order ring of brides. As always witting, fast moving and

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Further Tales Of The City – Armistead Maupin

By at March 29, 2013 | 12:54 pm | 0 Comment

We have moved on in time and this book takes place in 1981. All the usual suspects are there, in this the third book of the series. As always a pleasure to read and having read the first two books you really get a feel for the characters, their personalities and lives. So to catch up with them all again takes you to a familiar safe place. Michael’s character explores

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More Tales Of The City – Armistead Maupin

By at March 29, 2013 | 12:52 pm | 0 Comment

It just gets better and better. Back for his second book in the series - Tales of the City, Armistead Maupin pulls out all the stops to publish another funny and entertaining look at the characters of 28 Barbary Lane. Mary Ann finds love whilst on a cruise with Michael. Mona finds her grandmother in the most unlikely of places and Michael Tolliver is besotted by a

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Tales Of The City – Armistead Maupin

By at March 29, 2013 | 12:50 pm | 0 Comment

Tales of the City follows the intricate twists and turns of life as experienced by a group of young people living, working and playing in San Francisco during the late 70s. Based around five central characters Mary – Anne, the naive newcomer to the district; Mona, the bisexual hippy; Michael, the lovable gay; and Brian the heterosexual lothario. And to head them all

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The Lost Symbol – Dan Brown

By at March 29, 2013 | 12:48 pm | 0 Comment

Not my usual fair Dan Brown book. I don’t know why but they seem to be perceived as a guilty pleasure, well, for my mind a pleasure at least. A cracking good story that makes you have to keep those pages turning even if your 're reading it in bed and those eyes just won’t stay open. He always leaves you with the ‘oh no I can’t leave it there’ scenario. With

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Flash Forward – Robert J Sawyer

By at March 29, 2013 | 12:45 pm | 0 Comment

After watching the tv series I heard that it was based on a book, the theme of the show intrigued me so I got the book, it is very different from the show, the premise is that the characters in the book in fact take a glimpse at their lives 21 years into the future, as apposed to the few months that feature in the show. It is a thoughtful book, posing the question, if

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We Had it So Good – Linda Grant

By at March 29, 2013 | 12:43 pm | 0 Comment

We are introduced to Stephen, he is just nine at the time we meet him and he is in trouble! His father has caught him dressed in a mink fur that is owned by none other than Marilyn Monroe…. I will save the rest of this story for the book but suffice it to say it is a pivotal moment in Stephen's life and it pops up again throughout the book.  It gives us an insight

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B Is for Beer – Tom Robbins

By at March 29, 2013 | 12:42 pm | 0 Comment

This is Tom Robbins' first book for five years, 'B Is for Beer' whimsically describes the various aspects of the culture of beer be it ancient, modern, brutal, childlike and divine - and as with all Tom Robbins' books otherworldly.  It tells us of the life of a feisty nursery school kid named Gracie Perkel. Billed by Robbins as `the first children's book about beer,'

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Written On The Body – Jeanette Winterson

By at March 29, 2013 | 12:40 pm | 0 Comment

This is the first book I have read by Ms Winterson, I am sure it won't be the last!  people have said she wrote this on the the back of a failed relationship it is described as  'a tender dissection of erotic love'.  the gender of the  narrater of this story is never revealed, Lesbians have of course assumned it is a lady, as indeed I did when I read this, the

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A Darker Domain – Val McDermid

By at March 29, 2013 | 12:39 pm | 0 Comment

I had not read any books by Val McDermid before but saw this one on a shelf in Waterstones and decided I was in the mood for a good thriller - the book did not disappoint! Right from the start I was hooked, it's set in 2007 and also 1984/5 during the miners strike. I was 12/13 then and whilst I do of course remember it on the news I wasn't really aware of the hardships

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Sacrifice – S.J. Bolton

By at March 29, 2013 | 12:37 pm | 0 Comment

I had no idea what this book would be about my Aunty gave it to me as she wasn't too sure either. To be honest I almost gave it up at the start as it was rather too gory for my liking, but I persevered, and I must say i'm really glad I did, its a cracking romp as they say. It is set in the Shetlands, we meet Tora a consultant surgeon who has moved to the Shetlands and the

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Twisted Agendas – Damian McNicholl

By at March 29, 2013 | 12:36 pm | 0 Comment

I got a lovely e-mail from the author of this book asking if we would mind reading and reviewing it for our website, 'gladly' I replied and I’m very glad I did as it’s a great book…. You meet Danny who feels trapped in Ireland, his life mapped out for him by his demanding father.., a life Danny has no desire to live. He has a girlfriend who he has some how found

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

By at March 29, 2013 | 12:34 pm | 0 Comment

It's a funny thing how I came to read this book... A few years ago when I guess it was first out I saw it whilst shopping with Mum. I very nearly bought it but for some reason didn't.... Then I got given it for Christmas but instead of reading it myself I gave it to Aunty Pat, then... a few months ago my cousin Rebecca randomly sent me a copy! She has never done this

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The Paris Wife – Paula McLain

By at March 29, 2013 | 12:31 pm | 0 Comment

I have to confess I have never read any Hemingway, the documentaries I have seen and the thought of all the bullfights has totally put me off. So when this book was sent for me to review by Virago I was intrigued, it is a work of fiction, but it is also strongly based on the memoirs of Ernest Hemingway and his first wife who is simply known as Hadley. I was gripped from

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Briefs Encountered – Julian Clary

By at March 29, 2013 | 12:27 pm | 0 Comment

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I read an article about this book a while back in the Mail and knew I just had to read it. It really has lived up to my expectations and in fact exceeded them. It is a great read! The twists and turns will make the hairs on your neck stand on end! It takes you to places you never would have imagined it would go - past, present and even the future. The premise of the

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Queer As Folk USA – Season 1-5 Complete

By at March 29, 2013 | 12:22 pm | 0 Comment

I can’t speak highly enough of this show! Our friend Alistair told us about it, so I sent off for season one from Amazon. We were just hooked right from the start! It is much more accessible than the British version - this series is set in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. It looks a very cold place! But even so you just feel like you want to know these people, and share in

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Tales Of The City – Series 1

By at March 29, 2013 | 12:20 pm | 0 Comment

You know how it can be when your favourite books are made into a movie or a tv show... it's usually terribly disappointing, the images that you conjured up in your mind of these characters are hardly ever the same as those you see on the screen before you. Well, this series was a major exception to the rule! The actors they chose were in my mind just perfect for the parts

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More Tales Of The City

By at March 29, 2013 | 12:18 pm | 0 Comment

The wonderful and clever thing about these books and dvds is how Armistead managed to weave all the characters together. This season is when Mary Anne gets left some dosh by Edgar Halcyon and takes 'Mouse' on a cruise. It's a great storyline, when she meets the far to perfect Burke and becomes a slooth, yet again to try and find out the truth about what happened to him

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Further Tales of City

By at March 29, 2013 | 12:16 pm | 0 Comment

This season was a bit different to the last two, as it had new story lines written for it that were not actually in the book! Ie Mother Mucca introducing Mrs Madrigal to a chap and a story for Connie Bradshaw. The story focuses mainly on De De and her time at Jonestown and how they got out just in time. There is a strange man living in a hut who bewitches Prue and

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Twin Peaks: Definitive Gold Box Edition

By at March 29, 2013 | 12:14 pm | 0 Comment

I remember vividly when this show first aired on BBC in 1990. There was such a lot of hoopla surrounding it, Jonathon Ross hosted a twin peaks special and interviewed various intellectuals about this show. How it would be received and how very different it was from anything we had seen before. As we read often, it is difficult now to look back and realise just how very

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Any Human Heart

By at March 29, 2013 | 12:11 pm | 0 Comment

"Never say you know the last word about any human heart." A really thought provoking, intelligent and wonderfully acted drama from Channel4!  I have not read the book, so this is purely based on the teleivision drama. The story is of Logan Mountstuart, we follow the course of his life, therefore he is played by 3 different actors, the young Logan is played by Sam

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The Night Watch

By at March 29, 2013 | 12:09 pm | 0 Comment

Having read this book when it first came out in 2006 I was very keen to see what the television adaptation would be like.  Much was made of the style of the book upon its release. You first meet the characters in 1947 and then gradually slip back in time to find out what had brought them to this particular juncture in their lives.  It was a very clever trick, and I

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Sunflower – The Beach Boys

By at March 29, 2013 | 11:58 am | 0 Comment

The 'Sunflower' album was the Beach Boys 13th album release and their first on the Reprise label, after many legal battles with capital. It is sadly their least selling album which is ironic as it is the best group effort they put out - all the band members put their ten cents worth on here. The standout tracks were by Dennis, who had started to apply his talents on the

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Pet Sounds – The Beach Boys

By at March 29, 2013 | 11:57 am | 0 Comment

I was given this on cassette as a present for Christmas in 1982! I was ten years old. Little did I know at the time the path this gift would set me upon. I had loved the Beach Boys since 1979, Terry Wogan used to play them a lot on his radio show. I would dart upstairs and tape them on one of those mono tape recorders, and sit and listen to them whilst playing with my

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Mirmama – Eddi Reader and the Patron Saints of Imperfection

By at March 29, 2013 | 11:56 am | 0 Comment

I am finding it really difficult to decide which Eddi Reader cd to review. I love them all so much but I have settled on 'Mirmama' as it was her first solo (even though it is titled with the patron saints of imperfection). This album holds such a special place in my heart, I was living in Leeds. I had just met up with people who have since become life long firm friends

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Grace – Jeff Buckley

By at March 29, 2013 | 11:54 am | 0 Comment

I first bought this album the month it came out, it was 1994 - I was working in Leeds, I love Tim Buckley’s music and had seen in mojo his son had an album out so ambled down to HMV and bought it. I didn’t listen to anything else for months, the music got under my skin, its such an emotional album once again, just what I love. The songs he wrote blended so well with

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Happy Sad – Tim Buckley

By at March 29, 2013 | 11:53 am | 0 Comment

There is such a special sound to a 'Tim Buckley' album. Nothing comes close to replicating his sound but more than just the sound there is a feeling, which is probably summed up best in the first song on this album ‘Strange Feeling’. It's moody emotional, he sings with such deep emotion, you can immediately sense how he is feeling, this is one of those albums. Like

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The Doors – The Doors

By at March 29, 2013 | 11:52 am | 0 Comment

Just watched ‘classic albums’ on BBC4 featuring this album. A real insight into how they conceived it. I remember buying ‘The Doors’, it was 1st August 1991. I was taken to see the movie by my friend Bob. I was blown away by the life Jim led, albeit for a short time but my god the guy crammed so much into that short spell, so much more than most of us would ever

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Poses – Rufus Wainwright

By at March 29, 2013 | 11:50 am | 0 Comment

Rufus Wainwright - people don’t seem to have any middle ground with him! You either love him or loath him as they say. I fall into the former category and it is mainly due to this album. I read about him when his first album came out but didn’t buy it for some reason not sure why as he had a helping hand from van Dyke Parks who co wrote the 'Smile' album with Brian

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No Other – Gene Clark

By at March 29, 2013 | 11:49 am | 0 Comment

Another lost classic to be found in my cd collection is this lost album from the late great Gene Clark. One of the main songwriters in the group "The Byrd's", he was promised fame and fortune as a solo artist so quit the band at the height of their fame, something sadly he lived to regret. He made some wonderful solo albums but this one has to be the standout of

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Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes

By at March 29, 2013 | 11:47 am | 0 Comment

I got into the Fleet Foxes as they mentioned that Brian Wilson was a major influence. So I thought I had best give them a go. A great summer cd and all the hype was right on the money. I feel it is a timeless album - it certainly doesn’t sound like a record made in 2008. Some great harmonies, kind of reminds me of 'The Band'; but that might just be due to the look of

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Memorial Beach – a-ha

By at March 29, 2013 | 11:46 am | 0 Comment

You may see a pattern growing here, all my musical favourites are linked with such great memories. I find that I pop a cd on and I am right back to where I was when it came out. This one takes me back to Guernsey, sitting on a gorgeous sandy beach listening to a-ha's latest. They took a bit of a break after this album - which is such a shame as I rate this amongst their

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Ingenue – k d lang

By at March 29, 2013 | 11:45 am | 0 Comment

How can we host a lesbian site and not include a review of this wonderful album. Elsewhere you will find my ‘blog’ on my discovery of k d, but for now let's look at the wonderful album 'Ingénue'… It was released in 1992 - seems such a long time ago now. I heard of it through the Vanity Fair article and I must admit was driven to buy it mainly due to the knowledge

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Pacific Ocean Blue / Bambu Dennis Wilson 1977 – Re-mastered

By at March 29, 2013 | 11:43 am | 0 Comment

I first discovered this classic in my local second hand record store - ‘Memory Lane Records’. It was a magical shop, to be found right at the bottom of Bridge Street in Northampton. I first got into to the Beach Boys music, when I was seven and still have a huge passion for their music. I managed to pick up nearly all their albums in this great little shop but now

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Sorry I Made You Cry – The Czars

By at March 29, 2013 | 11:40 am | 0 Comment

The Czars were formed in 1994 with John Grant as the lead singer. John possess one of the most wonderful voices in popular music today! It is so deep and emotive! John was the core of the band, the members themselves tended to fluctuate and sadly they finally split up a few years ago but not before putting out a kind of retrospective in the form of the great album

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Queen Of Denmark – John Grant

By at March 29, 2013 | 11:36 am | 0 Comment

I received my preview copy of this wonderful cd on Saturday and today is Tuesday. No other music has graced my ipod or stereo since….. I just love it. I knew I would; all the key ingredients were there, John Grant’s beautiful dreamy baritone voice and Midlake as the backing band. John Grant was in a group called ‘The Czars’ who made some great albums but

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All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu – Rufus Wainwright

By at March 29, 2013 | 11:35 am | 0 Comment

It has been widely reported that this album was written during the illness and then sad loss of Rufus's Mother Kate McGarrigle. Therefore the album is very melancholy, but that is how I love Rufus, It is also a change in style from the great orchestrations of the 'Want' albums it is simply Rufus's wonderful voice and piano. Therefore the songs have to stand up for

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Lustre – Ed Harcourt

By at March 29, 2013 | 11:33 am | 0 Comment

I first heard of Ed Harcourt way back in 2000 when he released his wonderful version of the lost Brian Wilson classic 'Still I Dream Of It'. He has such a wonderful emotive voice that he really brought that song to life whereas the original was merely a forgotten demo. Since then I have bought all of his cds and never been disappointed, such wonderful songs such as

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A Postcard From California – Al Jardine

By at March 29, 2013 | 11:32 am | 0 Comment

Well, it has been a VERY long time coming, but yesterday (June 29th) we were finally able to download this great album from former 'Beach Boy Al Jardine.... Some of the songs are familiar to Beach Boys Fans, such as California Feelin' which features lyrics by our great friend Stephen John Kalinich, It is great to hear this old classic from the vaults get a 2010 makeover,

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A Flutter And Some Words – Ingrid Chavez

By at March 29, 2013 | 11:30 am | 0 Comment

This is such a different type of music for me! I really like it, I think it will be a grower, the closest album I can think of to compare it with would be the Beth Gibbons, Rustin Man album of a few years ago. The music is like poetry, spoken word but complemented by a musical backing.... I was walking along a beach on a gorgeous summers day last week, and had this on my

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Reimagines Gershwin – Brian Wilson

By at March 29, 2013 | 11:28 am | 0 Comment

Well the story goes that the Gershwin family asked Brian Wilson to complete two of George Gershwin's unfinished songs, and also to lend his style to some of the classics, so here we have this wonderful happy music, Brian sounds on fine form, his wonderful band are, as ever, brilliant, The classical tracks sound wonderful, arranged by Paul Mertens, it is a very catchy

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King Of The Beach – Wavves

By at March 29, 2013 | 11:27 am | 0 Comment

  Wavves comprises of Nathan Williams who writes the songs and is the main honcho. He is assisted by Stephen Pope on the bass and Billy Hayes on drums.   I had no idea what to expect when I popped this onto my computer - gone are the days of popping it onto a turntable - though this album is made for that kind of era.   It reminds me of the Nuggets

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Archive: 2003-2006 – Department of Eagles

By at March 29, 2013 | 11:26 am | 0 Comment

This album comprises of songs left from a side project from a chap called Daniel Rossen - his main focus being on the harmonic band 'Grizzly Bear'. This cd is really for the hard core fans of Grizzly Bear as it is a work in progress for them on the road to forming that more cohesive band. It’s a great peek into how they got there! Like being a fly on the wall in the

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Lisbon – The Walkmen

By at March 29, 2013 | 11:24 am | 0 Comment

I think this one will be one of those albums that gets right under your skin. The lead singer Hamilton Leithauser has a voice that reminds me of the lead singer of Starsailer, they have a great guitar sound that evokes the days of the surf guitar! The song Stranded includes a great horn section accompanied by emotive vocals. The standout tracks for me are ‘Woe Is Me'

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How They Are – Peter Broderick

By at March 29, 2013 | 11:22 am | 0 Comment

Just loved this from my first play of the album! Right up my street, very reminiscent of Rufus Wainwright and John Grant - both of whom I love! Wonderful piano playing and the songs really travel well. What starts off as a simple vocal suddenly twists into something completely different! We are told on the sleeve notes that the album was made all in one day! This makes

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Crush – Abe Vigoda

By at March 29, 2013 | 11:21 am | 0 Comment

We are transported back to the 80s with this one. It reminds me a lot of the Cure and the lead singer sounds like a cross between Bowie and Robert Smith, great wild guitars and Depeche Mode esq keyboards. This really is a smorgasbord of 80s styles with a 2010 twist. In fact listening to 'Dream of my Love' I can even hear some Gary Numan in there. I think this will be a

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Made The Harbor – Mountain Man

By at March 29, 2013 | 11:20 am | 0 Comment

'Made The Harbor' is the debut release from American folk trio Mountain Man. The band is actually made up of three girls who met at college. The album is mainly accapella with the occasional guitar. The album has a wonderful feel to it. I am reading a book by Joan Didion at the moment of the struggles of people crossing America to California in the 1800s and I have to

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Home – Peter Broderick

By at March 29, 2013 | 11:18 am | 0 Comment

This music has such an ethereal quality to it, the first track 'Games' is very reminisent of Brian Wilsons' spiratuale opening of the Smile album, beautiful harmonies that draw you in. The album is sparse in a peaceful way, lots of beautifully clean guitar and piano chords. Peter has a lovely soothing voice,  its another one of those autumnal albums, its for cold winter

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Silent June – O’Hooley and Tidow

By at March 29, 2013 | 11:16 am | 0 Comment

This is a really great album. It put me in the mind of my favourite release of last year which was Peter Broderick's 'How are They',  which is another piano based album. But the piano sound on here is very distinctive. The voices combine into a beautiful harmony, it's a bit of a dichotomy really as it evokes the aforementioned and also Nick Drake in places but it is

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Time Travel – Alessi’s Ark

By at March 29, 2013 | 11:14 am | 0 Comment

This is another great cd from the folks at Bella Union. They seem to have tapped into a great vein in music, making pure sounding melodic music in a time still sadly donated to good looking boy bands. Maybe I know is a great pop song, which really gets into your head.  Reading about Alessi on the Bella Union website it  states that she signed her first record contract

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Treefight For Sunlight – Treefight for Sunlight

By at March 29, 2013 | 11:12 am | 0 Comment

'A Dream before sleep' is the great opening track to this album, very 60's inspired, a wonderful psychadelic sound, swirling keyboards. There is a heck of a lot going on here, a joy to listen to this album with headphones as you get introduced to more of the layers. This album has an almost Wilsonian feel to it. The band herald from Denmark, but I have to say listening to

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The Sound Of Everything – The Thousands

By at March 29, 2013 | 11:11 am | 0 Comment

Thousands are a Seattle duo comprising of Kristian Garrard and Luke Bergman. Their music is purely acoustic guitar, harmonium and vocals but by listening to this you forget that the only accompaniment is an acoustic guitar. The music is, as always with Bella Union bands very melodic,  some have compaired them to Simon and Garfunkel which I can see, it does have that

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Collapse Into Now – REM

By at March 29, 2013 | 11:09 am | 0 Comment

So the new cd from REM… what to expect. I have loved REM since Green came out in the early 90s when I worked in Guernsey, you would hear that and Out of Time blasting from lots of the staff rooms as we passed them by on our way to the beach… Then for my 21st I got given ‘Automatic For The People’ and like most people of my age it has become a big part of the

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Sing It Loud – k d lang and Siss Boom Bang

By at March 29, 2013 | 11:08 am | 0 Comment

The new album arrived yesterday. Having loved k d lang since first setting eyes on her on that infamous Vanity Fair cover, I have followed her career avidly, seen her live often and loved each and every musical offering that she has given. So it was with keen enthusiasm that I popped this one on.  Well let me tell you that right from the start she doesn’t

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Helplessness Blues – Fleet Foxes

By at March 29, 2013 | 10:01 am | 0 Comment

I just love the Fleet Foxes, they exude that timeless quality so infrequently found in today's music, they also have that wonderful look, which always reminds me of that other out of time band ' The Band'. So much has been written about this hotly anticipated album. Robin Pecknold has really put his heart and soul into this, lost a relationship in the process... but is

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Paul Simon – So Beautiful Or So What

By at March 29, 2013 | 9:54 am | 0 Comment

Having been a big fan of Simm and Garf since the late 80s, as I put on Paul Simons latest offering, his 12th solo album, it is as though I am being greeted by an old friend. That familiar voice so unaltered unlike his counterparts that have reached the same age as he.  The album is full of Simon’s wisdom still totally on the money, his sharp intelligence leaves

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Neil Young and The Harvesters A Treasure

By at March 29, 2013 | 9:53 am | 0 Comment

This 12 track live album, ‘A Treasure’ includes recordings during Neil’s 1984 and 1985 U.S. Neil had no album out at this time.  Young’s alongside Neil Young onstage are some of the greatest artists in the history of country music, including the late, Ben Keith on steel and slide guitar and Rufus Thibodeaux on fiddle, along Spooner Oldham and Hargus “Pig”

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I Break Horses – Hearts

By at March 29, 2013 | 9:51 am | 0 Comment

More lovely mellow tunes from The Bella Union dare I say it Stable J, I Break Horses, Maria Lindén, hails from Sweden. Her music puts me in the mind of ‘This Mortal Coil’ and ‘Even as We Speak’ beautiful vocals and mellow music. ‘Empty Bottles’ reminds me for some reason of ‘This Mortal Coils’ version of the classic Gene Clark song ‘With Tomorrow’

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Vetiver – The Errant Charm

By at March 29, 2013 | 9:44 am | 0 Comment

Glorious summer music - as I sit and listen to this the smoke of next door’s barbecue wafts around me… and this must be the ideal companion to summer sunshine. The album has a very California feel, more melancholy than the previous album Cashier No 9 but there are similarities. Both hark back to a happier time in music before drum machines took over. In amongst the

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Cashier no 9 To The Death Of Fun

By at March 29, 2013 | 9:42 am | 0 Comment

What a breath of fresh air this album is! Sounding both modern and retro. There are shades of Brian Wilson for all to hear, great melodic pop, with wonderful building melodies that just get into your mind and won’t leave, nor would I want them to. I have listened to this a lot this week, each time I pop my itunes on I am drawn to select this album.  Standout tracks

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Which Side Are You On? – Ani DiFranco

By at March 29, 2013 | 9:39 am | 0 Comment

This is the 17th album by Ani! An amazing feat in this day and age where people seem to take an age to come out with a rather average album! Thankfully for us this is far from average, it put me in mind of the full on anger Alanis Morissette jagged little pill but also crossed with the beautiful lushness and drifting melancholy of Ingrid Chavez ‘A Flutter and some

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The Fragile O’Hooley and Tidow 2011

By at March 29, 2013 | 9:35 am | 0 Comment

Through the cold and snow the postman delivered a little bit of English sunshine through our door this week, the new album from the lovely O’Hooley and Tidow. In 2010 we were lucky enough to receive their album ‘Silent June’ to take us through the summer and now we have their new collection called ‘The Fragile’ to accompany us through the snow. It’s a really

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Margarita interview at the BFI with Dominique Cardona and Laurie Colbert

By at March 24, 2013 | 8:53 pm | 0 Comment

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Margarita – Review

By at March 24, 2013 | 4:54 pm | 0 Comment

I came to view a screening of Margarita with  a mixed sense of curiosity and bemusement, firstly a precedent should be established, my knowledge of Gay/Lesbian orientated films was not a genre with which I was overly familiar. [Bound being the solitary exception] but my friend Lucy  had been invited to interview the film-makers Dominique Cardona and Laurie Colbert

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March 2013 – Author – Cheryl Klein

By at March 22, 2013 | 9:31 am | 0 Comment

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About Cheryl Klein’s first book, The Commuters: A Novel of Intersections, won City Works Press’ Ben Reitman Award. Her novel Lilac Mines was published by Manic D Press in 2009. She directs the California office of Poets & Writers, Inc. and previously co-edited the online queer fiction magazine Blithe House Quarterly. An alumna of UCLA and CalArts, she lives in

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The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath 1963

By at March 21, 2013 | 6:14 pm | 0 Comment

Sylvia Plath is known as apoet who married Ted Hughes.. but her story is a much darker one than that, and this book is simi autographically account of her life… we start out with a bubbly normal person and sadly end with a very disturbed being. Sadly Sylvia committed suicide in 1963. The book describes with such detail how mentally ill people were treated in the

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Fringe Film Festival 2013

By at March 20, 2013 | 12:34 pm | 0 Comment

  AN ECLECTIC WEEKEND OF OVER 30 FILM S, EVENTS, EXHIBITIONS AND PARTIES AT HACKNEY PICTUREHOUSE, RIO CINEMA, AUBIN CINEMA, ARCOLA TENT AND SECRET POP-UP VENUES ACROSS EAST LONDON. TICKETS AND FULL PROGRAM M E AVAILABLE AT W W W .FRINGEFILM FEST.COM AND PARTICIPATING VENUES. CHECK THE FRINGE! WEBSITE FOR INFO ON OUR MANY FREE

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February 2013 – Filmmaker – Hattan Kattan

By at February 1, 2013 | 5:03 pm | 0 Comment

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About A lifetime entrepreneur of Palestinian background, Hanan Kattan co-founded Enlightenment Business Solutions as an online marketing company that gives small businesses the tools for outstanding growth. It is the latest addition to her Enlightenment group of companies, which include film production, film sales, a record label and publishing arm. Her aim with

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February 2013 Celeb – Filmaker – Hatan Kattan

By at February 1, 2013 | 4:34 pm | 0 Comment

About A lifetime entrepreneur of Palestinian background, Hanan Kattan co-founded Enlightenment Business Solutions as an online marketing company that gives small businesses the tools for outstanding growth. It is the latest addition to her Enlightenment group of companies, which include film production, film sales, a record label and publishing arm. Her aim with

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LGBT History Month

By at January 21, 2013 | 10:58 am | 0 Comment

LGBT History Month is every February in the UK. It gives everyone a chance to learn about the history and diversity of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and trans (LGBT) people.  Schools OUT launched the first Month in 2005 to take steps against our invisibility – or even invisibilisation – from the textbooks. Making LGBT people visible to educators would encourage and

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The Perfect Ending Movie Review

By at January 13, 2013 | 7:03 pm | 0 Comment

I had heard about this film way back when it was being filmed. Nicole Conn the director of the lesbian classic (Claire of the Moon) sent out blogs whilst filming, so it was with keen anticipation that we were sent this to review by the guys at Peccadillo Pictures. The film starts with some beautiful washed out images that set the tone of the film, it is so beautifully

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January 2013 – Filmmaker – Nicole Conn

By at January 1, 2013 | 5:08 pm | 0 Comment

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About Nicole Conn, is a film director, producer, and screenwriter most famous for her debut feature, the lesbian love story, Claire of the Moon. In 2004, POWER UP! named Conn one of the top ten gay women in show business LnL Questionnaire Your favourite virtue? HONESTY!! Your favourite qualities in a man? Sensitivity and Humor Your favourite qualities in a

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